Search Results: "Stephen Baxter"


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ICEBONES by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"Impossible not to cheer for Baxter's plucky pachyderms: a saga that, even at its most improbable, engages the reader's heart and mind."
Final installment of Baxter's trilogy (it previously appeared in Britain) featuring intelligent mammoths—although, unaccountably, the publishers released the first two volumes here in the wrong order (Silverhair, 1999; Longtusk, 2001). Read full book review >

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MOONSEED by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"But the padding (too many minor characters and unnecessary scenes) slows the pace to a crawl. (Movie rights to The Bridge Production Company)"
Another massive near-future, near-space yarn from the author of Voyage (1997). Read full book review >

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THE MASSACRE OF MANKIND by Stephen Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A richly described and action-packed, albeit forgettable, glimpse into the near future of a science-fiction classic."
After writing an award-winning sequel to H.G. Wells' The Time Machine (The Time Ships, 1995), Baxter revisits another Wells classic, War of the Worlds, with a sequel to the seminal 1898 tale of alien invasion. Read full book review >

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EVOLUTION by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Infotainment: glum, dyspeptic, and depressing."
Bulky assemblage—it's a stretch to call this a novel—of animated dioramas endeavoring to illustrate the story of primate evolution. Read full book review >

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STONE SPRING by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Jean Auel meets Al Gore—but without Auel's sense of drama and around-the-fire storytelling, and without Gore's skill at popularizing science."
You want climate change? Try living back in the Paleolithic, when proto-Picts prowled, icebergs melted and odd travelers from Jericho ate your store of elk meat and gawked at your daughter uninvited. Read full book review >

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EMPEROR by Stephen Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"Packed with dryly accurate historical detail and peopled with stock characters, the episodic, overextended narrative trudges along without any heartfelt social or political dimension."
First in a new alternate-history series from the author of Coalescent (2003). Read full book review >

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BRONZE SUMMER by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Gripping, well researched and sharply intelligent."
The saga of Northland, a sophisticated hunter-gatherer civilization thriving behind a vast wall shielding it from the invading waters of the North Sea (Stone Spring, 2011), continues in a tumultuous alternate 1159 B.C. Read full book review >

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SILVERHAIR by Stephen Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"An improbable yarn, stuffed with mammoth facts and lore, that's both absorbing and sometimes affecting."
First of a projected science fiction trilogy from the England-resident author of Moonseed (1998). Read full book review >

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FIRSTBORN by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 26, 2007

"Readable, but more science travelogue than science fiction—and if you were anticipating a conclusion, or at least an alien encounter, forget it."
Wrapping up the Time Odyssey trilogy—according to the publishers anyway. The book's contents speak otherwise. Read full book review >

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COALESCENT by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Baxter (Evolution, Feb. 2003, etc.) will never win prizes for style, but he's much more convincing when he writes about physical science and engineering (the Manifold series) than biology: Tepid."
First of a new three-book series, Destiny's Children, imagining the future course of human evolution. Read full book review >

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IRON WINTER by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Impressive and worthwhile, but even committed readers will be tempted to skim at times."
Final entry in the alternate-world Northland trilogy (Bronze Summer, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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MANIFOLD: SPACE by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 2, 2001

"Forget such conventional novelistic virtues as characters, linear plotting, or continuous narrative; instead, Baxter offers challenging puzzles and mind-boggling extrapolations in a sweeping yarn that explodes with ideas."
This second part of Baxter's spectacular hard-science trilogy has nothing in common with Manifold: Time (2000) except the protagonist, astronaut Reid Malenfant. Read full book review >